KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The 34th World Children's Day is being celebrated with various programs today. The states that are party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are marking the day as the World Children's Day recalling the passage of the Convention on 20 November, 1989 by the United Nations General Assembly.
The Day has been observed around the world to ensure children's rights by implementing policies and programs on issues such as protection, development and participation of children. All 42 articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989 are implemented in Nepal.
The articles have provisions on the best interest of children, the implementation of rights, the protection of life, protection and development, and identity of children, the respect of children's thoughts and feelings, the responsibilities of parents, social security, prevention of child labour, trafficking, transportation and abduction, and promotion of child-friendly justice.
It has been 33 years since Nepal ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989. On 14 September, 1990, Nepal ratified the Convention unconditionally and made a commitment according to its principles. Nepal has made constitutional, legal, policy, structural and programmatic arrangements for the implementation of the provisions of the Convention.
After ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Nepal has been gradually improving the rights and interests of children in its constitution, laws, policies, periodic plans, institutional structures, and annual policies and programs.
Nepal had announced to celebrate Children's Day with the reference to the day of its ratification of the Convention on 14 September, 1990. Nepal has been celebrating the Day every year accordingly.